December Monthly Newsletter
Hello,

I hope that this newsletter finds you well and happy.  This month will bring much with it.  Of course, we’ll celebrate Christmas, but it also brings new opportunities to engage others with the love that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord throughout this month and in the New Year ahead.  I am grateful that we had a successful church conference on November 20th and I want to thank all who worked to put it together.  We reviewed our ministry during 2017 and now we look forward to a New Christian Year which begins on December 3, the first Sunday of Advent.

We had prayed for a greater connection between the church family and the preschool families, and thanks be to God, several exciting events are happening this month!  On Friday, Dec. 1st , we’ll host a movie night for the children from 5:30-8:30 p.m., giving their parents a chance to get away and do some shopping or other things, knowing that their children are safe and well-cared for here.  I can’t forget to mention the Children’s Christmas Pageant on the 17th during worship and then on Friday, the 22nd at 11:45 a.m. we’ll have a time for Christmas carol sing along with the preschool families and their children in our sanctuary- how cool is that?  They also want to participate in giving to the mitten and stocking tree that we have set up during December to benefit our less fortunate neighbors.  

Several other happenings should be mentioned: the fellowship meal and Yankee swap on the 3rd following worship, a chance to meet with Bishop Bickerton at the Smithtown UMC on the 6th, our annual Christmas dinner at the Wantagh Inn on the 15th, the men’s breakfast on the 16th, the Children’s Christmas pageant on the 17th, and the Christmas Eve candlelight service on the 24th at 5 p.m.  So as you can see, we have a chock full month ahead of us.

I pray that God will bless you and yours richly in the days ahead.

With joy, Pastor Steve
 
Help Wanted
We are looking for a Church Historian.  This would be a

Volunteer Position.  If interested, contact Pastor Steve.

Movie Night with the Children
On Friday, December 1st the church will host a movie night with the children
of the preschool so their parents can go shopping or just have a night off. 
Volunteers are needed to supervise.  Please see Joan Langton or Pastor Steve.

Fellowship Meal/Yankee Swap
Please join us Sunday, December 3rd following service for our annual Yankee Swap
after the Fellowship Meal.  Sign up in the Narthex if you plan on attending. 
Bring a dish or dessert to share and a gift to exchange.  Mark the gift for a male,
female or child.  Please spend between $10-$15.  

Shopping Trip to Olive Branch Christian Bookstore
On Monday, December 4th there will be a trip to the Olive Branch Bookstore in
Williston Park.  Meet at 5:45 pm at the church.  The group will go out to eat and
then proceed to the bookstore for an evening of fellowship, games and shopping!

Christmas Dinner Party
Please join us on Friday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the Wantagh Inn
in Wantagh, NY for our 5th Annual Christmas Dinner.  The cost is $42.00 per
person; $12.00 for children’s meal under 12.  Please make check payable to United
Methodist Church of Seaford and give to Jim Stone no later than  December 10th.

Christmas Pageant
On Sunday, December 17th at 10:30 AM during our Family Worship Service the
Church School will present a Christmas Pageant.  The Church School invites any
child from the community, including Preschool students and their older siblings,
who would like to be in the Pageant AND would agree to attend rehearsal
to contact Mrs. Janet Hoffner at (516) 816-3751.  Rehearsal will be held
on Saturday, December 16th from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Men’s Breakfast
All men are welcome to the Men’s Breakfast on
Saturday, December 16th at 8:30 am at
East Bay Diner located on Merrick Road.  

Christmas Carol Sing Along
The church is inviting the preschool children and their families to come into
the Sanctuary on Friday, December 22nd at 11:45 am for a Christmas Carol
Sing Along.  All are welcome to join in!!

Christmas Eve Service
Please join us for a Candlelight Service on Sunday, December 24th at 5:00 p.m.

Operation Christmas Child update
Between the church & the preschool we collected 63 boxes this year.  A great big
thank you to all that contributed.  This is a blessing to the children that will
receive your gifts and the OCC materials about becoming disciples of Christ. 
A very Blessed Christmas to all, Joan Langton

New Year’s Eve Dinner
Once again we will meet at 5:00 pm at the East Bay Diner to celebrate
New Year’s Eve by having dinner with our Church Family.

Mittens & Sock Tree
There will be a tree in the back of the church for new gloves, mittens,
scarves and socks to be donated to those less fortunate.